REVIEW: Yakuza: Dead Souls (PlayStation 3)

deadsouls-yakuzaA few friends have been telling me for almost a year now to try out Yakuza: Dead Souls, saying it’s something I’d really enjoy. I tend to twist my face at games I’ve never heard much about or when I’ve never played any of the other games in the series but I’m glad I picked this game up. It only cost me a fiver in HMV anyway, so it’s already off to a good start.

The story wasn’t particularly hard to follow, I was just unsure whether or not I was jumping backwards in the time line at points or not as it felt like I was meeting characters later on in the game in situations that I had played as them previously. Nothing too major, but it threw me off a little bit.

All I really knew about the Yakuza games is that the team developing them have some kind of connection with the Shenmue team for the Sega Dreamcast. It does have a Shenmue-like feel to some of the gameplay but maybe it’s down to it also being set in Japan.

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REVIEW – Zombie Revenge (Dreamcast)

I haven’t posted a review here in AGESSSS and just got an urge to write something.
I haven’t played this game all that much but I was pretty impressed with it and thought I could share my first impressions with the game.

Zombie Revenge is a spin-off from the ‘The House of the Dead’ series but it’s gameplay is totally different. When playing it for the first time, I was trying to compare it to other games but the closest thing I could think of was Fighting Force with Zombies.
It’s an arcade-style beat-em-up which works really well. It’s a little like Resident Evil in some ways too; same kind of slightly-top-down camera angle, similar controls and similar character movement.

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I’m really looking forward to payday this Friday. In anticipation, I’ve started window shopping on ebay and decided I’m gonna tackle some more of my Dreamcast collection. I want to get at least 5 more games knocked off the list. Might even try do 5 every 2 weeks (payday).

At the moment, I’ve got my eyes set on Shenmue and Planet Ring. Both in their big boxes, of course. I’ve also got my eyes on Quake III since that’s only around about £3. I’m gonna keep an eye on an auction for House of the Dead 2 (big box version with gun). It might go for a bit more than what I want to pay right now for 5 DC games, since the other 3 games are gonna come to roughly £45 already…

I’ll keep you posted though once I make my purchases 🙂